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  • Last UNC Men’s Basketball Game in Carmichael Auditorium

    The last UNC Men’s Basketball game in Carmichael. UNC vs NCSU. January 6, 1985.

    Carmichael was known as one of the loudest arenas in the country while the Tar Heel men played there. The architecture of the building had a low roof and a student section that ringed the court.

    UNC Men’s Basketball coach Dean Smith led North Carolina to its arena-opening 82-68 victory over William & Mary in 1965. UNC player, Bob Lewis, made the first shot in Carmichael.

    On January 6, 1986 North Carolina Coach Dean Smith led his Tar Heels to finish its 20-year stay in Carmichael Auditorium the way it started – with a victory. The No. 1 and undefeated Tar Heels defeated rival North Carolina State 90-79. A few weeks later, January 19, the Tar Heels started playing in the Dean Smith Center, AKA “The Dean Dome.” That first game was against Duke.

    The Tar Heels record Carmichael Auditorium, AKA “Blue Heaven” was 169-20.

    Who made the final basket at Carmichael? *Spoiler Alert*
    NCSU basketball coach Jim Valvano made a lay-up basket after the game. He claimed bragging rights to be the last one to make a basket in Carmichael.

  • Jay Jennings and Russian “Strangers in the Night”

    We conclude our TBT Russian theme with another news trip to the “land of the bear.” It is 1992 and our intrepid international correspondents are WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and photographer Jay Jennings. The name of the country has
  • Vladimir Comes to America

    WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and news photographer Jay Jennings first met Vladimir Koslov in 1992 in Moscow. Vladimir and his family graciously served as one of several hosts to the NC Friendship Force during their visit to Russia.

    The favor was returned a few months later when Vladimir traveled to America. He split his time staying with Jay and his family, and with Donna and her family. The Jennings took him grocery shopping and to a hockey game. Donna showed Vladimir around the mall in Cary and the local schools and universities.

    Watch and listen to Vladimir share his insights into the differences between life in Russia vs life in America. Hint. There are more smiles in America.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Report #10 Religion in Russia

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    WRAL photographer Jay Jennings visited a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow where parishioners were able to openly worship again. During the years of communist rule, religion was prohibited.

    This is the tenth of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

  • 1992 NC Friendship Force Trip to Moscow Report #9 Black Market

    The USSR ceased to exist on December 26, 1991. A few weeks later, WRAL News anchor Donna Gregory and WRAL photographer Jay Jennings accompanied the NC Friendship Force on a trip to Russia, now formerly the USSR, in mid-January 1992.

    The expression, “money talks” rings true when it comes to haggling over price. In the black market of Moscow, American cigarettes and American money “talks” as well. The Russian interpreter, Mary Ann, showed Donna and Jay how to navigate the streets filled with vendors and come out with a bargain.

    This is the ninth of 11 reports that aired on WRAL News.

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